World-renowned artist Beeple, who broke records in 2021 for selling an NFT for $69.3m, donated an NFT for his work “Biological Collectible” (a magnificent digital work accompanied by a physical) that was auctioned for the event – the proceeds going to UNESCO’s efforts to support arts projects in developing countries.
“I’m inspired by Article 1 of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity which says ‘cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature’”, said Beeple. “So I’m delighted to donate my work Biological Collectible to be auctioned at Khalili Foundation’s World Festival of Cultural Diversity knowing that the proceeds will go towards UNESCO’s brilliant efforts to support art and culture in parts of the world where it’s most needed.”
The charitable auction took place as part of the World Festival of Cultural Diversity – a global, synchronised celebration of cultural diversity created by the Khalili Foundation in association with UNESCO. The winning bid was by LA-based brothers Philip and Clark Braunstein.